April 8, 2020

Jack Van Impe, End Times Preacher on TV, Is Dead at 88

He had a conversion experience, becoming an evangelical Christian, when he was about 12, after his father’s similar conversion had left a strong impression on him.

Jack grew up in the Detroit area and graduated from Edwin Denby High School in 1948. Three years later he received a diploma from the Detroit Bible Institute, a program that offered a Christian Worker’s Certificate, and was ordained as a minister in an independent Baptist church.

A lifelong accordion player, he married Rexella Mae Shelton, a musician who also studied the Bible, in Pontiac, Mich., in 1952 after they had met at a Youth for Christ rally.

Together they held crusades in cities and churches across the country and started a radio broadcast program. They started Mr. Impe’s television broadcast in 1980.

The couple had no children, and his wife is his only immediate survivor.

In the 1990s, Mr. Van Impe predicted that Jesus would return to earth between 2001 and 2012, according to the evangelical magazine Christianity Today.

He left the Trinity Broadcasting Network in 2011, believing it had censored him after he accused the popular preachers Rick Warren and Robert H. Schuller of promoting what he called “Chrislam,” a mixture of Christian and Islam. The program was then picked up by other Christian networks.

The broadcast stopped after Mr. Van Impe was hospitalized, Mr. Berkey said. The ministry said it planned to air special episodes later this year.

Jack Begg contributed research.

Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/22/us/jack-van-impe-dead.html?emc=rss&partner=rss

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